Installing a new hardwood floor in your home is one of the best decisions you can make. Hardwood adds value to your house should you resell, but it also makes your space warmer, more inviting, and more comfortable while you live there. Also, it’s easy to care for and, when installed correctly, should last for a lifetime. That said, if you do want your hardwood floor to look as good and last as long as possible, you must work with a professional. While there are plenty of areas where DIY is a great option, installing hardwood is not one of them.
There are several different ways to install a new hardwood floor. Each has its unique benefits, and depending on the situation, they can make a massive difference in the longevity of the wood. A professional not only has the tools and knowhow to choose a method, but they’ll best understand which will work best in your home with your wood.
Prepping the Wood and Area
There’s more to installing a new floor than merely setting it down and nailing it in. You’ll need to start by getting your home into the right conditions, which may mean using a dehumidifier or a humidifier depending on the climate and type of year. The wood will then need to be acclimated to your home to allow it to be fully ready to install. Next, you’ll need to make room for the new flooring. Old flooring may need to be removed and disposed of, which can be its process. Additionally, molding and baseboards will need to be removed and then replaced so that the new flooring can be laid correctly.
Subfloor, Doors, and Cleanup
Once your old flooring is removed, you may need to install new subfloor, or it will be prepared for the new installation. This step is critical because it helps to ensure that your hardwood flooring lasts as long as possible. Door frames will also need to be evaluated. In some cases, the doors may need to be removed during the process and may need to be shaved down to fit the new floor. Finally, cleanup, a professional team will fully collect and remove any debris and clean the area before they leave. Meanwhile, with a DIY you would need to do all of the cleanup yourself, which might mean renting a dumpster or multiple trips to a local dump or disposal are depending on local restrictions.
Hardwood Flooring Installation and Maintenance from Jason Brown Wood Floors
At Jason Brown Wood Floors, our commitment to quality installation is clear in all that we do, which is why our customers consistently rate us as one of the top contractors in the region. We have been awarded Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Award 4 times and have been proudly serving the Baltimore Area for over 16 years. If you’re ready to speak with someone about your hardwood flooring project, we want to hear from you! Contact us at 410-668-9131 or send us a message.